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Salmon Capital of the World

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99901, 99950

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The population of Ketchikan is approximately 7,845 (2002), 8050 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,360 (1990), 3259 (2010).

The amount of land area in Ketchikan is 7.899 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Ketchikan is 3.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 2.07 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ketchikan to Washington DC is 2869 miles. The distance to the Alaska state capital is 231 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ketchikan is positioned 55.35 degrees north of the equator and 131.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Ketchikan location: on the southwestern coast of Revillagigedo Island, opposite Gravina Island, near the southern boundary of Alaska. It is 679 miles north of Seattle and 235 miles south of Juneau

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Ketchikan is temperate. Though winters are cold, they are not severe. Our summer temperatures can reach up into the 90s.
Ketchikan average annual precipitation is 162 inches per year.
Ketchikan average annual snowfall is 62 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 29 to 39 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 51 to 65 degrees F.
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Ketchikan history:

Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits have used Ketchikan Creek as a fish camp which they called "kitschk-hin," meaning creek of the "thundering wings of an eagle." The abundant fish and timber resources attracted non-Natives to Ketchikan. In 1885, Mike Martin bought 160 acres from Chief Kyan, which later became the township. The first cannery opened in 1886 near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek and four more were built by 1912. The Ketchikan Post Office was established in 1892, and the City was incorporated in 1900. By this time, nearby gold and copper discoveries briefly brought activity to Ketchikan as a mining supply center. During 1936, seven canneries were in operation, producing 1.5 million cases of salmon. The need for lumber for new construction and packing boxes spawned the Ketchikan Spruce Mills in 1903, which operated for over 70 years. Spruce was in high demand during World War II, and Ketchikan became a supply center for area logging. A $55 million pulp mill was constructed at Ward Cove near Ketchikan in 1954. Its operation fueled the growth of the community. The mill's 50-year contract with the U.S. Forest service for timber was canceled, and the pulp mill closed in March 1997. (This history is from the Alaska Community Database)
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Ketchikan attractions:

Tongass Historical Museum
629 Dock St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6529
Phone: 907-225-5600

The Tongass National Forest

Totem Heritage Ctr
601 Deermont St
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611
Phone: 907-225-5900

Saxman Native Village
3 miles south of Ketchikan on the Tongass Highway.
Information at: 907-225-5163, ext. 310
Over two dozen totems are located in the village and each tells a story. They comprise one of the world's largest collections of the cedar monuments. Also in the village is a large cedar Beaver Clan House, the largest in Alaska.

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